The Maze Runner by James Dasher (October 6th 2009—Random House)
Grade: 4 stars out of 5
Summary: “When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is black. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade, a large expanse enclosed by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning, for as long as they could remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the maze after dark.
The Gladers were expecting Thomas’s arrival. But the next day, a girl springs up—the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might be able to find their way home . . . wherever that may be. But it’s looking more and more as if the maze is unsolvable.
And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers—if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.”
Review: If you’ve read The Demon’s Lexicon before then you would understand when I say that the first entire half is just buildup to the second half awesomeness.
I was rather bored and disappointed when I began reading The Maze Runner after hearing these tales of how wonderful this book was. I mean, yes it was an interesting concept, but I was bored out of mind with the first few chapters. It held so much background information that I was practically seething and screaming where the heck was the action? But then behold when Thomas ran into that maze I literally poured over the rest of the book.
Every few chapters were punctured by omigosh or holy f*** but always, always the thought of must keep reading. Dasher kept the interest of the reader piqued with his many twist and turns, bounds and leaps. Along with the ever so needed funny scenes placed just at the right moment.
Dasher is a mastermind with the concept of foreshadowing. I do, however, have a few questions about the book such as [highlight to see semi-spoiler] why doesn’t Thomas get chocked up when he tells of his Changing? Since this is a trilogy (I believe so) I hope to see some questions answered later on.
And the epilogue is OH MY FLIPPING GOD! I need the next book like NOW!
Overall: Action, slight romance, and mystery. What more can a reader ask for? As for comparing this to The Hunger Games…I don’t know. They’re two completely different plots with similar themes of survival and fighting against “The Man”.
There’s a full cover of this online but I can’t find it…I combed through the artist’s site with no luck.